Change in text quality?

It's not MAD science...just disappointed.

Moderator: Gav

Change in text quality?

Postby BobSongs on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:40 am

Maybe I'm blind? Maybe the image on the webpage is smaller than my feeble eyes can see.

However, I didn't see the "Ow." over Suzy's head.


After spotting it, and the joke, I began imagining Nukees with talk bubbles done in Inkscape ... comic book fonts...


I did tinker with the image a bit. I confess that. But talk bubbles are usually added on top of the art. I wanted the "Ow" where I couldn't miss it.

Junior Keenspotter
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:48 am

Re: Change in text quality?

Postby Gav on Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:41 pm

Hmm... Not sure how I feel about that. I'm not the world's best hand-letterer, but I feel like the only one left and someone has to uphold the old traditions. :)

I'll freely admit that one of my weaknesses is leaving enough whitespace around foreground objects (including non-ballooned text) to delineate them from backgrounds. Maybe I'll go back with my whiteout pen and clear it up a little.

I think I even looked at that strip and wondered if people would miss the "Ow." Then I think I reasoned that the visual made the joke too. I also toyed with putting those little cartoon "pain stars and squiggles" coming out of her wrist, but somehow it seemed like slightly more cheese than ideal. I toy with a lot of little things.

It's best no one sees me wrack my brain for half an hour deciding if two dashes or an ellipses makes an unfinished statement funnier. :roll:

What do others think? Would you rather Nukees have the unique charm of hand-lettering or actually be readable?

Darren "Gav" Bleuel
(Nukees, an atomic comic)
User avatar
Keenspot Whipping Boy
Posts: 4024
Joined: Tue Mar 07, 2000 11:59 pm
Location: Berkeley, CA Disposition: pissy

Re: Change in text quality?

Postby towr on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:59 am

I like the unique charm of hand-lettering. It fits the rest of the style well, much better than the example computerized lettering, in any case.
I do read a few other webcomics that have hand-lettering, btw, and yours isn't near as illegible as some of those are some of the time.
Grand Poobah Keenspotter
Posts: 607
Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2000 11:00 pm
Location: groningen,nederland

Re: Change in text quality?

Postby BobSongs on Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:58 am

I realize there's a lot of thought that goes into a strip: pacing, punchline, presentation: a myriad of decisions to make. I didn't want to present a criticism without some kind of alternative.

NOTE: I chose the computer lettering specifically for its cold, impersonal aspect. In my mind it emphasized how we do work for such heartless forms to the point of pain. It does break with the form of the hand lettering, but again: I did that as a "bonus". The real point of the relettering was the final panel: bringing out the "OW"
Junior Keenspotter
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:48 am

Re: Change in text quality?

Postby MaxJenius on Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:05 am

I do like the idea of what was on the computer screen, displayed as typed as opposed to handwritten... The rest could go either way.
Whan the April de shores soote, de draght of Marche hath pierced to the roote. Und bathed every veine, in switch liquor...
Prediction Points: 1 Confirmed
Spam Kills: XII
User avatar
Keenspot Despot
Posts: 1574
Joined: Wed Oct 31, 2001 12:00 am
Location: IC-Macross SDF/RL-Atlanta GA


Return to Nukees

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests